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Another bad night for the centre-left

Charles RichardsonOct 16, 2017 1

No surprises in Austria, with the centre-right well in the lead and the centre-left dropping to a new low. It's also been a particularly bad night for the Greens.

Election preview: Austria

Charles RichardsonOct 13, 2017 2

Scandal tarnishes the old parties in Austria, but some of the shine has come off the far right as well.

OK, let’s talk about gun control

Charles RichardsonOct 9, 2017

Stop worrying about the Second Amendment, and worry about the culture that treats violence as acceptable and makes guns seem like a good thing.

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Parties, elections and political ideas across the globe from an Australian perspective

Catalonia’s descent into madness

Charles RichardsonOct 3, 2017 7

By forcibly attempting to prevent a vote on Catalan independence, the Spanish government plays into the nationalists' hands.

Self-determination, here and there

Charles RichardsonSep 28, 2017 1

Catalonia has no chance of getting a credible vote for independence this week. Kurdistan has already got one, but it's not doing it much good.

Merkel winner or Merkel loser?

Charles RichardsonSep 26, 2017 1

Why I think Angela Merkel's performance on Sunday was rather better than you'd think from the newspaper headlines.

Merkel wins, Jamaican

Charles RichardsonSep 25, 2017

The leader of the free world is returned to office in a result that will probably see her in coalition with the Greens for the first time.

Who needs thresholds, anyway?

Charles RichardsonSep 24, 2017

New Zealand copied its democratic electoral system from Germany, but also copied its least democratic and now pointless feature.

Labour falling short in New Zealand

Charles RichardsonSep 23, 2017

New Zealand's National Party government appears to have been returned, but it will have to deal with the populists to be sure of a majority.

Election preview: Germany

Charles RichardsonSep 23, 2017

Germans look set to vote their chancellor a fourth term, but the shape of her next government remains unclear.